The 5-6 Eagles have had their ups and downs this season. They started off pretty strong, going 3-0, their best opening record in years. However, the team then went on to drop six in a row, starting at the Wooden Legacy Tournament over Thanksgiving break and bringing that losing streak back to Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles have made a valiant effort to escape the 3-6 hole that they entered into and won the necessary games to bring them closer to a .500 record. The outbreak of norovirus affected half of the team during their two most recent losses, one of them coming against a much less talented UMass Lowell squad. That said, BC was able to overcome the sickness and win their last two games against Maine and Delaware to snap the streak.
Eli Carter leads the team with 16.6 points per game, and Jerome Robinson comes in second with 11.4 ppg. Moreover, Matt Milon, Dennis Clifford, and JC Reyes all possess a field goal percentage over .500. Individually, the stats are as expected, but players have had their droughts. The team overall is performing as anticipated.
This season has been strong for the Eagles, as they go into the break at 13-2-1. To this point, the schedule has not been too challenging for BC, but when you’re at their level of play, it’s expected you dominate. They have typically been pretty consistent this season, though there have been a few games that were not great for the Eagles, but you can’t always expect to win them all. They are playing at the level that was expected with the talent they have.
This has really been a break out year for some of the team’s more low-key players. Austin Cangelosi isn’t one of the first names that comes to mind when you think of the BC hockey program, but he should be. Cangelosi is a workhorse on the ice, but oftentimes he seems to get overlooked because of his small stature. It should be noted that he has really grown and gained an abundance of confidence these past two seasons.
Matthew Gaudreau is another name that you didn’t hear too much about before this year. Once he joined the line with Colin White and Ryan Fitzgerald, he really came into his own. He possessed an eight game point streak early in the season and has tallied 13 points in 16 games, two of those being a game winning goal and necessary equalizer.
Casey Fitzgerald and Colin White were also named to the U.S. National Team and are part of a freshman class that has proved itself to be unlike any other we have seen before in Boston.
These women seemingly can’t be stopped. For their second consecutive year, they head into the winter break undefeated and holding the number one spot in the USCHO poll. Another record setting season is on the horizon, as the 20-0-0 Eagles remain the only unbeaten team in the NCAA for women’s hockey. They set a record for consecutive wins at home and the longest home undefeated streak with 38 and 44 games, respectively.
Alex Carpenter is at the top of the USCHO polls with 49 points and 2.45 points per game and has been named the Hockey East player of the week seven times this season, with Haley Skarupa close behind her coming in second with 39 points; Skarupa also recorded her 200th career point in the Eagles’ December matchup against Syracuse and was awarded a player of the week honor as well. Katie Burt is also a huge difference maker in goal, she is second nationally in the rankings with a 1.04 goals against average and a .954 save percentage. Coach Katie Crowley
Additionally, the BC program continues to produce top talent as six current and three former players from the team were selected to participate in the USA Hockey women’s national team winter training camp next week. Burt, Carpenter, Skarupa, Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller and Dana Trivigno were all named to the camp’s preliminary 37-person roster. Emily Pfalzer ’15, Kelli Stack ’11 and Allie Thunstrom ’10 were also named to the team’s roster as well.
The women’s basketball team is an impressive 9-1 on the season and currently hold a four-game win streak. The ladies had dominating wins against BU and Hartford and continue to prove their skill. Most recently, the women beat UMass Lowell 66-55 in a Sunday matinee.
Kelly Hughes leads the team with 13.8 points per game and 49 field goals to the season, and Mariella Fasoula is tied with Hughes to lead the team in field goals. Fasoula and Alexa Coulombe are both shooting over .500. The team overall is playing great together and promoting unselfish play. Effort has come from the entire roster and everyone is making a difference out on the court.
You cannot forgo talking about how the men’s soccer team had a record-breaking season, reaching the NCAA quarterfinals with a final record of 11-8-2. Boasting an impressive freshman class, the Eagles downed many highly ranked powerhouses throughout the regular season. They made it to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2012 and to the Elite Eight for the second time in program history.
Junior Zeiko Lewis was named to the All-ACC second team and the NSCAA All-South Region First team, sophomore Len Zeugner was named to the All-ACC Third Team, and freshman Simon Enstrom was voted to the All-Freshman ACC team.
They ended their season, following a 1-0 loss to Syracuse, with a top ten spot in the TopDrawerSoccer.com, NSCAA, and College Soccer News polls; the team received its highest ranking from Top Drawer Soccer, securing the number eight spot.
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